When leaf growth begins, usually March, apply a foliar application of one tablespoon Liquid Seal Weed mixed with one tablespoon Liquid Fish Emulsion per one gallon of water with a hand pump sprayer, every two weeks until about May 15. This is the end of fertilization. The bulbs are now forming and more fertilization is detrimental. Garlic needs about 1 inch of water per week throughout the growing season. Cease all water about June 1st. This will allow the bulbs to form better and harvest more easily. Keep weeds under control, as garlic does not compete well with weeds. Harvest after leaf die back begins and five green leaves remain on the plant, in approximately mid-June. Varieties mature at different rates due to genetic make up and weather conditions. Harvest time is a judgment call. Do not wait too long or the bulbs will begin to separate in the ground. Dig the garlic carefully. Do not pull the stalk or it will separate from the bulb. Gently brush off most of the dirt. Do not wash. Handle the bulbs with care, as they bruise easily. Move the harvested bulbs out of the sun right away. Tie in bundles of 6 to 10 and hang to cure in a shaded, dry, well-ventilated shed or garage. Leave hanging for 4 to 6 weeks. (Fans will help the drying process immensely.). After thoroughly drying, trim off the roots and cut off the stalks about 1 inch above the bulb. Store in net bags. For optimum storage, hang in an area with 45 to 55 percent humidity, at a temperature of 50 to 70 degrees. Do not refrigerate. At all stages, handle the garlic carefully. It is alive. Bruise it and it won’t keep. PLEASE NOTE: We cannot ship garlic outside the U.S.
What could possibly be better than Baker Creek’s heirloom garlic varieties? A sale on them! We have a limited supply of imperfect but totally healthy bulb garlic varieties, and while supplies last, we’re offering three-pound packages of three assorted garlic varieties of our choice. It's a garlic bargain! Also, please note that most of these varieties have been grown here at our farm and have not been virus tested.